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OKLAHOMA CITY—A group of search and rescue dogs had a big day Saturday as canine teams from across the country were put to the test.

Before the dogs can run into collapsed buildings and find people who are trapped, they must become certified.

Lt. Dane Yaw with the Oklahoma City Fire Department said, “They are trained to run over the rubble. What they do is play a big game of hide and seek.”

Saturday, eight search and rescue canine teams from across the U.S., including one from Oklahoma City, were put through rigorous tests to become certified.

Officials say the dogs must score a perfect 100% on the test before they will be eligible to be deployed internationally and used in search and rescue missions.